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Object ID 1960.010.004 a
Object Name Fork
Collection Household/Domestic
Credit line DHS Purchase
Year Range from 1863
Year Range to 1865
Description Hand-carved bone fork with two tines that is part of a matching knife and fork set that was probably carved by one of the Confederate prisoners of war from the First Delaware Heavy Artillery Company at Fort Delaware under Captain George W. Ahl (1834-1914). The handle is carved with three groups of three grooves that extend all the way around it. The center of the shaft contains two 1/2" wide scallops between the tines and handle. The tine end is 1 1/2" long overall.
Dimensions W-0.5 L-5.25 inches
Dimension Details Overall greatest dimensions
Owned George W. Ahl
Provenance This item is one of a small group of items that originally belonged to Captain George W. Ahl (1834-1914), second in command, assistant adjutant, and inspecting officer under Albin Francisco Schoepf at Fort Delaware during the Civil War.

Ahl also formed the First Delaware Heavy Artillery Company, which was mostly comprised of former Confederate soldiers who had been taken prisoner and then sworn an oath of allegiance to the Union. This company was organized at Fort Delaware on July 27, 1863 and assigned to garrison and guard duty at Fort Delaware during their entire period of service. The company mustered out on July 25, 1865.
Subjects Carving
Prisoners of war
Forts & fortifications
Search Terms Civil War
Fort Delaware
First Delaware Heavy Artillery
Ahl's Heavy Artillery Company
George Ahl
George W. Ahl
Nineteenth Century
Material Bone
Place of Origin Fort Delaware, Delaware City, DE
Event Civil War